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How Baylor Steered Lower-Income Parents to Debt They Couldn't Afford - [wsj.com]

Yea, I taught for these sick f#@ks. Not proud at all. Like the Catholic Church, this institution should be banned, closed, and burned to the ground.

linxminx 8 Oct 13
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There’s a paywall, so I can’t read the article. But, yes, the cost of higher education in the United States is maddening. I hate to think it, but I bet it’s not just Baylor steering people awry.

I’ll paste here a comment I made below …

My son will be going to a state school and live at home with me — and it’s still gonna cost about $48,000 for tuition and books for 4 years. That’s effing ridiculous.

How parents can pay for private school, or add on room and board, is beyond me. Oh wait, I know: most can’t. And kids end up graduating with $100,000 of debt. Excellent start to life. 👌

I used to teach at Baylor, and tuition for 4 years was over $250,000. I now teach for a small state college that is much more reasonable in price. However, they really use that to "sell it." Even though the costs are much lower, it angers me to see kids there that have no idea and no direction in what they want to study, because they've been talked into college. Even at lower prices, its expensive to just come and "hang out" there and take classes. Most who come through my classes that are "Undeclared" end up failing and dropping out. Then they're still stuck with debt, even though it's not as much.

College admissions and marketing offices act much like they do in aggressive sales areas. The Director of Marketing at my college was just on the news 2 weeks ago saying we had a major that we don't have!! I admonished him "Don't tell the public we have a major that we don't have!!" His response to me, "Well, I want that major here, and I'm pushing for it, and I just get so excited when I'm talking about it."

Most of the public do not realize that academia has turned into Amway when it comes to "selling college."

@linxminx It’s complete and utter madness!

My son knows he doesn’t have a choice of where to go to college. He’s going to the University of North Carolina–Charlotte, which is 22 minutes from my house. He’s only 12, but we’ve already visited the campus, and he’s majorly excited about going there.

Our plan is: he pays for his books, I pay his tuition. At my current 529 saving rate, I’ll have about 60% saved up by college. I’ll pay the rest from my own savings. I want him to start in life debt-free.

I’m lucky. I know many parents can’t do this.

@Apunzelle The University of North Carolina is a really good college!! He will get a good education, yea even if it's at a crazy inflated price. You've made a really good plan to keep him out of debt. Congrats!!

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That's Texas for you.

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Higher education is being priced out of reach for many families.

Yes! It’s outrageous! My son will be going to a state school and live at home with me — and it’s still gonna cost about $48,000 for tuition and books for 4 years. That’s effing ridiculous.

How parents can pay for private school, or add on room and board, is beyond me. Oh wait, I know: most can’t. And kids end up graduating with $100,000 of debt. Excellent start to life. 👌

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